Maclean’s Movies

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR August 3 1957
Maclean’s Movies

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR August 3 1957

Maclean’s Movies

CLYDE GILMOUR

BEST BET

THE PRINCE AND THE SHOWGIRL

The pompous and monocled regent of a Balkan kingdom (Britain’s Sir Laurence Olivier) and a naïve blond chorine from Milwaukee (Hollywood’s Marilyn Monroe) are amusingly mated in Olivier’s screen version of the Terence Rattigan comedy,

The Sleeping Prince. For a romantic trille, it’s a bit long and repetitious, but the oddly matched principals are often quite funny together. There are superb performances by Dame Sybil Thorndike, as a mildly barmy royal dowager, and Richard Wattis, as a harassed equerry from the British Foreign Office.

THE ADMIRABLE CRICHTON:

The breezy Kenneth More, although not ideally cast, likeably portrays an impeccable butler who becomes the ruler of his former masters after they are all shipwrecked on a desert island.

The old satiric comedy by Sir James Barrie still makes an interesting story, and the cast is skilful. It includes Cecil Parker and Diane Cilento.

FIRE DOWN BELOW: Rita Hayworth returns after three years’ absence from the screen and proves that she has lost none of her knack at presenting a performance as inept, wooden and unintentionally farcical as anything she ever did in the past. A few laughs occasionally redeem this steamy tropical adventure, co-starring Robert Mitchum and Jack Lemmon.

STELLA: An overheated sex-opera from Greece, pretentiously directed by the highly touted Michael Cacoyannis. It introduces a fiery seductress named Melina Mercouri who makes most of her celluloid rivals seem as tame as Lillian Gish by comparison.

'IHE UNHOLY WIFE: Diana Dors, John Bull’s Marilyn Monroe, is woefully out of her depth in the role of a sulky murderess in this implausible Hollywood melodrama. With Rod Steiger, Tom Tryon.

GILMOUR’S GUIDE TO TIIE CURRENT CROP

Abandon Ship!: Drama. Fair.

The Baby and the Battleship: Navy comedy. Good.

Bachelor Party: Drama. Good.

Boy on a Dolphin: Treasure-hunting comedy-drama. Good.

Brothers in Law: Comedy. Good.

The Buster Keaton Story: Biographical comedy-drama. Fair Checkpoint: Road-race drama. Fair. Confidential Report: Mystery. Poor. Designing Woman: Comedy. Good. Desk Set: Comedy. Good.

Doctor at Large: Comedy. Good.

Edge of the City: Drama. Good.

Fear Strikes Out: Drama. Good.

Full of Life: Comedy. Good.

Funny Face: Musical. Excellent. Garment Jungle: Drama. Fair.

The Gold of Naples: Italian multistory comcdy-drama. Good.

The Great Man: Drama. Excellent. Gunfight at the OK Corral: Western. Good.

The Happy Road: Comedy. Good.

High Tide at Noon: Drama. Fair.

Hot Summer Night: Crime drama. Fair. House of Ricordi: Italy opera festival.

Dull story; fine singing.

House of Secrets: Crime drama. Fair. The Incredible Shrinking Man: Sciencefiction thriller. Excellent.

Joe Buttertiy: Comedy. Fair.

The Killing: Crime drama. Excellent.

The Little Hut: Comedy. Poor.

Love in the Afternoon: Comedy. Good.

Maddalena: Drama. Fair.

The Man Who Turned to Stone: Sciencefiction. Poor.

Men in War: War drama. Fair.

The Monte Carlo Story: Romantic comedy-drama. Fair.

Paris Does Strange Things: Romantic comedy. Poor.

Public Pigeon No. 1: Comedy. Poor.

The Rainmaker: Comedy-drama. Good. The River’s Edge: Action. Fair.

The Silent World: Undersea true-life drama in color. Tops.

Silk Stockings: Musical. Good.

The Spanish Gardener: Drama. Good.

The Spirit of St. Louis: Biographical aviation drama. Good.

The Strange One: Drama. Good.

The Tattered Dress: Drama. Fair.

This Could Be the Night: Romantic comedy-drama. Good.

Tiger in the Smoke: Drama. Fair.

Town on Trial: Mystery. Fair.

12 Angry Men: Drama. Excellent.

Way to the Gold: Drama. Fair.

The Wrong Man: Drama. Good.

Yangtze Incident: British naval-war drama. Good.

The Young Stranger: Drama. Good.